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Technician, Environment and Reclamation

Rio Tinto
April 11, 2021
Job Type


Technician, Environment and Reclamation

  • Be part of a group that is safety driven and values inclusion
  • Join a leading global company
  • 8-month work term from May to December 2021 in a global and diverse organization with the possibility of extension
  • Role based at Diavik Diamond Mines, Lac de Gras Mine Site, Northwest Territories

About the role

All progress begins with pioneers. At Rio Tinto, it begins with

We are looking for an Environment and Reclamation responsible for assisting with the collection and entry of environmental data to ensure compliance with regulatory and corporate requirements.

This is a great opportunity for a student or recent graduate with training in, or eligible to be enrolled in, a Science / Environment program to gain great understanding of the work we do, our commitment to safety and the options we offer across our large-scale operations. You'll build relationships with the Rio Tinto team and community as well as gather valuable real-world experience.

In addition to paying competitively and providing great benefits packages, we want you to live the lifestyle that is right for you and your family. And because of our size and scale, there are many opportunities to learn, grow and do more than you ever thought possible. Every hour of every shift, your safety and wellbeing is our number one priority. We do the work only if it is safe, and we invest to make sure every member of the team has the quality tools they need to do their job.

Reporting to the Supervisor, Environment, the Environmental and Reclamation Technician will be an integral part of the Health, Safety, and Environment Department. You will be working a 3 weeks on /3 weeks off rotation that includes working weekends and holidays. Options for over time are possible during the busy summer period. The rotations will consist of 12-hour daily shifts. You will an opportunity to:

  • Participate in the collection of environmental samples (such as water, sediment, dust/air, aquatic and terrestrial wildlife, and vegetation), take accurate field and laboratory measurements, and enter data
  • Participate in regional and local scale wildlife monitoring programs (including grizzly bears, wolverines, and caribou)
  • Maintain and calibrate field and laboratory monitoring equipment
  • Conduct in-house laboratory tests (such as TSS, turbidity, Eh, DO and pH)
  • Complete and document formal site compliance inspections weekly and informal inspections daily
  • Fly in helicopters and operate motor vehicles, motor boats, and use other powered field sampling equipment
  • Assist with projects designed to help prepare Diavik for future closure

What you’ll bring

  • A commitment to the safety of yourself and your team
  • Available for an 8-month work term
  • A class 5 driver’s license
  • An understanding of the importance of collecting environmental data to comply with permit stipulations
  • Comfortable working outdoors in extreme and remote environments for extended periods of time
  • Self-motivated with outstanding organizational, participative and communication skills
  • Previous work placement experience with exposure to environmental field monitoring is desirable and experience working at remote sites is an asset but not required
  • Operational experience with motor boats is an asset but not required
  • Proficient with MS Word and Excel
  • Firearms possession and acquisition license (PAL) and pleasure craft operator certificate (PCOC) are preferred but not required
  • Above all, the successful candidate will be one whose #1 priority is safety in the workplace

Where you will be working

Northern residency and experience working in a cross-cultural environment, coupled with knowledge of the unique challenges and opportunities presented to those living in the North, are assets. Hiring priority will be given to qualified applicants who are beneficiaries of the DDMI Participation Agreement Groups and to qualified applicants residing in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut Territories. Members must clearly identify their status on the online job application and resume if they wish to receive priority consideration.

About Rio Tinto

Every idea, every innovation, every little thing the world calls ‘progress’ begins with a first step, and someone willing to take it: explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs. Pioneers.

For nearly 150 years, Rio Tinto has been a company of pioneers – generations of people spanning the globe, all with the grit and vision to produce materials essential to human progress.

Our iron ore has shaped skylines from Shanghai to Sydney. Our aluminium – the world’s first to be certified “responsible” – helps planes fly and makes cars lighter. Our copper helps wind turbines power cities and our boron helps feed the world, and explore the universe. Our diamonds help us celebrate the best parts of life.

Where you’ll be working

Located in the Northwest Territories of Canada, the Diavik Diamond Mine is a producer of gem-quality diamonds. At Diavik, a strong focus is placed on protecting the local environment, as well as supporting communities through employment and education.

Every Voice Matters

At Rio Tinto, we particularly welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous Peoples, women, the LGBTQIA2 community, mature workers, people with disabilities and people from different cultural backgrounds.

We are committed to an inclusive environment where people feel comfortable to be themselves. We want our people to feel that all voices are heard, all cultures respected and that a variety of perspectives are not only welcome – they are essential to our success. We treat each other fairly and with dignity regardless of race, gender, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, age, sexual orientation or anything else that makes us different.

Applications close on April 15th 2021 (Rio Tinto reserves the right to remove advertised roles prior to this date)


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